Introducing My Organizing & Simple Living Blog, KISS - Keep It Simple Stacey

Welcome to my blog! My name is Stacey Perrine, and I am a Certified Organizational Specialist. That’s a mouthful, huh?! It sounds like I’m about to admit to being an addict. And, I guess, in a way, I am! I am addicted to organizing and living simply, or at least trying to!

My organizing and simple living influences

I founded my business two and a half years ago, but I’ve been organizing for as long as I can remember. The first book I purchased about it was Julie Morgenstern’s “Organizing from the Inside Out,” published in September 2004. It’s my organizing bible.

Since then, I’ve picked up almost every book on the subject I can get my hands on. I have 60+ and counting. Luckily, most are ebooks, so physical decluttering is not required!

I became interested in minimalism in 2013. I saw The Minimalists, Joshua Fields Millburn, and Ryan Nicodemus speak. I found them very inspiring.

I also discovered Courtney Carver’s Project 333 which challenges you to live with just 33 items in your closet for three months. I’ve always wanted to curate a capsule wardrobe or a “uniform,” but I'm still trying to master that skill!

And let’s not forget about the early television shows like Hoarders and Hoarding: Buried Alive. I’ve watched them all. I find them fascinating and frustrating all at the same time.

“Simplicity is about more than making space in your home. It’s also about creating more time in your life and more love in your heart. What I learned is that you can actually be more with less."

- Courtney Carver

My organizing certification

Have you ever heard of Cassandra Aarssen and her home organizing business, Clutterbug? Cas is an expert organizer who has defined four different organizing types that she calls Clutterbugs. I'm a cricket.

She helps families who struggle with clutter and disorganization through her books, YouTube videos, podcasts, and Facebook group. You may have also seen her host Hot Mess House on HGTV.

I chose her organizing certification program because her approach resonates with me - straightforward, clever, and down-to-earth. Of course, I respect Marie Kondo, but you won’t find me asking myself if everything in my home sparks joy. That’s just not me.

What's my blog about?

My blog is about organizing and simple living. As my business name suggests, I like everything as simple as possible.

I bet you thought ASAP meant as soon as possible, right? Of course, I try to accomplish that too, but that’s not my ultimate goal.

I think people make things complicated when they're actually pretty simple. We just make it hard on ourselves by procrastinating, worrying, and waiting for something to be perfect. I know I’m guilty. There’s a lot of physical and mental decluttering to be done, which makes this excellent fodder for blogging!

Why am I blogging?

It may have become evident that when I am interested in something, I immerse myself in it. I will research it and read everything I can about it. I love learning and, in turn, sharing what I know with others. There are lessons learned and things I’m still sorting out, but we can help each other. We’re better together.

I probably should have started blogging sooner, but it never occurred to me. I don’t know why. I have a bachelor’s degree in Journalism, and I’ve worked in the software industry for 20 years. Hmm, oblivious? Maybe!

In closing

So, that’s me in a nutshell. I hope to involve, inform, and inspire you with my blog. Please leave a comment and check out my organizing services. I’d love to give you a hand!